SINGLE REVIEW: Stand Up by Taste

Stand Up is the new single release for Australian band Taste. It follows on from their comeback album Rock Is Dead a few years back. Taste has a long history and is a much revered band on the Australian music landscape. Their story began when they were in their teens, signing to Warner Bros (the youngest act signed by them) and releasing a massive debut single Tickle Your Fancy, two albums and a bunch of top ten singles including Little Romance and Boys Will Be Boys, which was adopted by Queen in their warm-up music before their shows. Taste went on to share the stage with Queen and was asked by the band to join them on a US tour. Since then Taste has maintained a huge loyal fan base that has transformed this highly respected rock band into one of Australia’s most noteworthy groups. Stand Up reflects the more melodic side of the band, a hooky anthem-like song that you’ll no doubt be hearing at sports venues across the nation before too long. Beginning with the chorus, the song is an ode to self-empowerment, a call to resistance and characterised by a consistent note of optimism throughout. Featuring a stirring and expressive vocal from Ken Murdoch, the track dovetails from the big sing-a-long chorus lines to the equally moving yet sparser verse melodies with ease, highlighting the quality of the songwriting as well as the performances. The guitar work is exceptional throughout, swirling in and out of the vocalised sections with complementary fluctuations. The production does a good job of creating the light and shade of the track, with astute choices of instrumentation and vocal arrangements supporting the tune. Stand Up is the right kind of song for this moment, and Taste’s return to the frontline of Australian rock music is very welcome indeed.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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